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Key matchups to decide grand final rematch

There is no shortage of key head-to-head battles in the NRL grudge match between Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters.

Key matchups to decide grand final rematch

There is no shortage of key head-to-head battles in the NRL grudge match between Melbourne and the Sydney Roosters.

KEY MATCH-UPS IN STORM-ROOSTERS NRL GRAND FINAL RE-MATCH:

Cameron Munster v Luke Keary:


Won't mark each other directly. On opposite sides of the field but this battle might still have the biggest say in the fate of Friday night's match. The two form players of the competition, Keary leads the NRL for try-assists with 10 while Munster is topping the Dally M medal count. Have the arsenal to put on the points with both teams in the top three this year for attack.

Cameron Smith v Victor Radley:

The master against the apprentice. Smith just keeps on powering on and is a big part of the reason why Melbourne continue to find success post-Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk. The game's leading point-scorer's service out of dummy-half has been as sound as ever in 2019, while his game management shows no signs of letting up. Radley is pushing for a NSW jersey as a utility, and the Roosters have barely missed a beat with him at No.9 in place of the injured Jake Friend.

Melbourne's middle v Sio Suia Taukeiaho:

Taukeiaho has been one of the form props of the competition this year at the Roosters but comes up against one of the best packs. The Tongan powerhouse leads the NRL for post-contact metres, while his average of 157 metres per game is third for all forwards. Melbourne must find a way to dent his impact, and Jesse Bromwich and Nelson Asofa-Solomona will be up for the task.

Felise Kaufusi v Boyd Cordner:

A legitimate State of Origin battle on the Roosters' left edge looms between Cordner and Kaufusi. Cordner did the job on Melbourne in last year's grand final and has already scored three tries this year as part of the most-potent edge in the game. Kaufusi can be just as dangerous in attack, though, particularly when running a good line off a ball player.

Suliasi Vunivalu v Daniel Tupou:

Vunivalu returns from suspension desperate to make an impact for Melbourne. The Fijian flyer has had a quiet start to the year, but his first-half hat-trick against Canberra in round two serves as a reminder of how good he can be. Tupou had the better of him in last year's grand final, scoring the first try and busting through three tackles.

(Stats: Fox Sports)

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